A Fat Man's Journey (Working my way back…)

An Attempt to Journey from Fat to Fit in a Lifetime. Eat right, Eat less, Move more

About being Me, being fat and wanting to not be fat…..

See now here is the thing about me and weight loss.

I weighed over 310 pounds at one time.

That ain’t big

That ain’t chubby

Or pleasingly plump

and it ain’t cuddley folks,

that is FAT even at 6′ 1.25″

(I was shocked to find I have shrunk about a half an inch in height).

I am not sure how much over 310. I was weighed at the Dr’s office at 310 after I had lost some weight and my size 48 pants were loose. So I figure I peaked at about 315 pounds. I slowly dropped from that peak to about 295 pounds.

Then I went on a “diet” and I stayed with it for more than a year. In that time I went from the aforementioned 310 to 245 pounds. I was wearing a size 42 waist and I was no longer wearing XXL shirts. I felt great about the weight loss and I had more energy and I started to “reward” myself with “occasional” treats.

Before I could even realize it I was back to bad habits and I had put back on 60 pounds and was back over 300 pounds.

I am angry at myself for allowing that to happen.

So I am committed to really working on changing not just what I eat but how I approach food, friends, life in general so I can be healthier, not just in body but in mind.

Why pick a big number? 70 pounds is a big number I guess but it only represents 24.5% of my body mass. It will take me to a weight where I was healthy and fit. Certainly there is MUCH more to the equation than the loss of weight. First I need to lose a little weight, then I need to exercise, but that is an entirely different rant.

When you weigh around 300 pounds even losing 10 pounds is such a small amount that it hardly makes a difference in how you look much less in how you feel. 10 pounds is only 3.4% or so off my starting weight.

My goal is not really to lose weight you see. I have never been a small goal person. I always function best when pursuing the big change and the big goal.

I am not doing this so I can fit in my thin man clothes again (yes I still have some). It isn’t even so I am not so uncomfortable in airplane seat.

My goal is to see my youngest child grow to adulthood and frankly I am really afraid that that will not happen if I do not set big targets and aggressively attack them.

Why do this on a blog in front of my friends? 2 reasons: 1) for the support. I know my friends will encourage me and root me on 2) for the pressure. I have declared my intentions and now I feel the pressure to perform and I perform well under such pressure.

So I will post from time to time what I have lost and how it is going and I hope it will not bore you all to tears. As it really becomes noticeable I will post some pictures of the thinner me.

34 thoughts on “About being Me, being fat and wanting to not be fat…..

  1. I really like this. As someone who has struggled with his weight I found this really inspiring.

  2. Thank you Jay, I am often inspired by you, I am glad to be able to return the favor.

  3. We wish you the best of luck and have all the faith in your endeavor!

  4. I enjoy reading your blog. I know you will succeed. Keep up the good work!

  5. I too recently started a weight loss journey. My blog is not about that, but I recently posted about breaking the yo-yo cycle. This journey is not easy, but I wish you all the best. I will be following you as we both work on getting healthy.

  6. Good luck! I’m right there with you, cheering you on from inside my fat body, too! 🙂 I’m using an athletic “race” as my goal. I’ve learned I cannot lose without a goal (sad, truly sad). But, we’re here and we’re trying. And we can encourage each other.

    GOOD LUCK! I’ll be following you, cheering you on.

  7. Forgive my repetitiveness: you rock.

  8. After changing my diet I lost 50 pounds and now I’m trying to help my husband who is right around where you started off. It’s so amazing being able to support someone and watch them go through changes. Good luck!! I’ll be here to cheer you on also!!! 😀

  9. Good luck!

    I wonder if I should add my details to MY sidebar.
    My blog is (mostly) about writing, but it still means I’m on the computer a lot; it seems having those numbers staring me in the face might be a useful reminder. 😉

  10. Sounds totally inspirational 🙂 I look forward to following your journeys

  11. I am a young foodie blogger looking to lose weight as well–those pesky freshman 15! This is very inspirational! thank you for the encouragement and good luck!

  12. I wish you the best of luck in this weight loss journey. My struggle is similar to yours and those pesky rewards I give myself always seem to put me back on a downward spiral. Again, good luck!

  13. I just discovered wordpress a few days ago, and I must stay that your blog is one of the best I have read. You are very inspirational, and you put yourself out there. Congratulations! Based off your stats in the corner, you have made far progress. I wish you the best in reaching your goal.

  14. Thanks so much for this, and blessings on your journey. I can relate to so much.

  15. Thank you for reading my story and thank you so much for the follow :D!

  16. Thank you for sharing your story. So many people don’t even want to talk about their weight, much less do anything about it (or at least do it the right way) and you’re doing both! Good for you. Congrats and all the best to you!

  17. A friend of mine who works with you sent me your blog. I am in the process of losing weight also. I have lost 50 pounds since Mid December. I was stuck on 45 pounds for 2 months. I started at 367 pounds. I am doing Weight Watchers. I got lazy. Reading your blog will inspire me onward. I like you have used social media for inspiration and support. I post on facebook my weekly weigh ins. I have to lose another 70 pounds. I am still struggling the first part was easy, it is hard but I know reading this will help. Thanks

    • Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate you coming by. I hope you find the blog a good read and if it proves helpful to you, that woudl be great!

      I hope you will fill me in on your progress on your journey

  18. Marsella’s Book Ends nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blog award!!! Which I can see is well deserved. Looking forward to reading your future posts!!!

  19. Hi Mark
    I’ve nominated your inspirational blog for the Liebster Award. Please check out http://mamacormier.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/im-honoured/ for the details of this award.

  20. You have done an amazing job so far Mark, so inspirational. I look forward to following your journey!

  21. I started my blog for the same reason. I wanted accountability and support. I am also starting my weight loss journey for my health so I can be around for my daughter when she’s older and so I will be around for my grandbabies (in like 25 years haha). I will be cheering you on and following you! If you ever need support or encouragement, I’ll cheer you on 🙂

  22. Mark, I’ve nominated you again, but this time for a Bouquet of Awards at http://mamacormier.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/more-awards-thank-you/. If you choose to accept, feel free to cut and paste whatever you need from the post to make the process easier! If not, know that your blog is well appreciated and a source of inspiration to me. Carol

  23. You rock! You’ve come so far and now you’re healthy and fit. Bravo. 😀

  24. Been reading your blog for about a year, but I don’t believe i have commented. I understand the “not being a small goal person”. This blog is inspirational because you are a regular guy just getting it done. Love following your journey.

  25. Great job! I just read a few spots on your page and really enjoyed it. You’re doing great. 🙂

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